Who decides if a student qualifies for services under Section 504?

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According to federal regulations: “… placement decisions are to be made by a group of persons who are knowledgeable about the child, the meaning of the evaluation data and placement options” [§104.35(c)(3)]. New Caney ISD best practice dictates that parents receive notice of and are encouraged to attend and participate in Section 504 meetings. However, unlike Special Education, federal regulations for Section 504 do not require parents to be a part of the decision-making committee. Parents are encouraged to provide any information that would be helpful to the committee in their determination of services that the child may need.  Committees are expected to make appropriate educational decisions in order that the student receives an appropriate education.